Stop Slogan-Voting. Stop Hate-Voting. Stop Being Manipulated. Part 1: Your Vote = Their Power

Your Vote = Their Power 

Politics is about power.

The two political parties are not political parties as we once knew them. They are consortiums of special interests. They operate on behalf of these interests for one purpose: to get and keep power.

Everything else they say is a lie.

The next time you feel like bowing down to your political party, remember this, and stand upright.

Don’t bend your knee to the R and the D. Register for whichever party, or as an independent, as you please. Vote according to your own understanding and conscience. I have no desire to influence you in that. But do not confuse your party’s trumpeting claims of moral superiority with actual moral superiority. Do not, ever, take the cross down off your mantelpiece and put the Republican elephant or the Democratic donkey in its place.

Both parties actively encourage such idolatry. They do it because they benefit from it. They win elections with the votes of people who slavishly follow them and believe in them as if they were Christ Himself. Winning elections is how political parties get power. Power is how they control the purse strings and the facilities of government. Power is the payback for lying to you.

They get power by lying to you. They keep it by almost but not quite fulfilling their promises. Holding you on a leash of unfulfilled expectations by always trying but failing to do the things they promised when you voted for them is axiomatic to making sure that you keep coming back to them again and again. If they actually did what they said they would do, the vote-getting engine would go dead. It takes showmanship and adept political choreography to create an unending series of cliff-hanger battles that will keep you focused and rooting for your team.

It also requires an excuse for repeatedly failing to deliver. Political parties have to hide the obvious. They can’t just say, sure we’re the party of life, but even after 40 years of trying, we’re still too dumb to find a way to overturn Roe. The other guys can’t say, of course we’re the party of the American worker, but we’re such idiots that after 40 years of deep thinking we still can’t come up with a way to stop exporting your jobs. Even the most besotted kool-aid-drinking party loyalist might gag on this.

So … what’s a political party to do when it has no intention of doing anything it says but it wants to make sure that the voters don’t figure this out? Easy. They tell you that the Other Party is the Devil. They claim that they are still your white knight, trying desperately to ride to the rescue, but the Other Party, those black-hearted wraiths from the deepest pit of political hell, overcome them in spite of their heroic efforts. The only way to make this work is if the two parties play off against one another so they can keep the attempt-failure cycle spinning. If either one of them decided that the thing to do was represent the people, the jig would be up.

In truth, political parties have no use for working people except for their votes. Political parties don’t care about either a woman’s right to chose or an unborn baby’s right to life. What they do care about is using those issues to motivate you to send them money and march to the polls on election day to deliver your vote.

That’s how they get power. Power is what they want, and they will tell you anything it takes to get you to give it to them.

It’s a simple equation: Your Vote = Their Power.

What about the various alliances political parties form with religious groups? You know, the lefty churches who have mutilated the Gospels one way to suit the Ds, and the righty churches who have mutilated the Gospels the other way to suit the Rs.

Here’s how that works when the television cameras are off. Religious groups don’t have the power of government. They can’t enact taxes or call up armies. They can’t pass laws or issue mandates. Those are all powers of government. However, religious groups do have a potent power of their own. People think their religious leaders speak for God. They listen to religious leaders because they believe in their prophetic and moral voice.

We live in a country where the way you get control of the power of government is to win elections. You win elections by getting lots of people to vote for you. You can’t win elections by telling voters “I’m going to go in there and represent special interests and do things that will take away your livelihood, cost you your home and that fly in the face of every moral belief you cherish.” That’s not a winning strategy. So, they lie.

But lies, when they are such obvious lies as these have become, need a cover. What better cover than the moral gloss of religious leaders, lending their prophetic and moral voice to your self-serving, special-interest-supporting agenda?

Party leaders don’t care about religion and they don’t respect the religious leaders they con into supporting them. I know this. Let me repeat that: I know it. I’ve seen heads of denominations go in to talk to legislative leaders. These preachers are all puffed up and sure of themselves when they walk in. They are certain that these men who they got elected and who promised them, gave them their word, that they would be for something like, say, pro life legislation, just don’t understand what they are doing when they are killing this legislation. These religious leaders are sure they can set things right. I’ve had them tell me so in just those words.

“I’m going to talk to him and set things right,” they say. They are so sure, so certain of themselves and their relationship with these powerful men.

Then, I’ve seen them come back out of those meetings on their knuckles and their knees, totally bamboozled and beaten.

What’s even more disheartening is that I’ve never, with the single exception of the Catholic Bishops, seen even one of these religious leaders stand back up like men and go to war with the legislative leader. They smarm around to me and tell me things like “I’ve got to maintain contact with the Speaker,” or “I don’t want to lose access.” One of them even told me, “He lets me have his personal cell phone number.”

They keep on supporting these liars. What’s worse, they let them kill the pro life bills behind closed doors and never call them to task over it. They support them in the next election, proclaiming as if it was true that this is a 100% pro life politician.

I want to emphasize that I have seen and heard this myself. I’ve seen it not once, but over and over with different legislative leaders in different sessions of the legislature. If you want to know why nothing ever changes, this is a big part of the reason.

This is painful to witness. It hurts. I’ve argued with these religious leaders and tried unsuccessfully to get them to grow spines. I’ve railed at these legislative leaders for being hypocrites and bullies. When I do this, religious leaders hang their heads and shuffle their feet. The politicians usually turn mean and try to take revenge on me inside the process somehow. As for me, I go home and pray and go to confession and then pray some more.

I cling to certain scriptures. One of my favorite Psalms has the words, “If I fly to the highest heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in hell, You are with me. Your right arm sustains me.” Another one begins, “Contend, Oh Lord, with those who contend with me.” And a third says, “Oh Lord, how many are my foes … many are saying to me, ‘There is no help for you in God. But you are a shield around me.”

I pray these Psalms and I ask God to remind me of my own sins, to not let me sink into the pit of self-righteousness or bitterness, but to help me remember that I am just an instrument in His hands, to be used as He sees best.

That’s how I get through it. But it is difficult, and it’s getting more so. The government is doing more and more harm to the people. It is even attacking the Constitution and our basic freedoms. Religious leaders who have allowed themselves to become shameless political groupies for the two parties feed the contempt that supports a surging secularism. There is a war on, and we are losing it.

If you are a Christian, the only side you have in this war is Jesus’ side.

We all want someone else to come in and do the dirty work for us. We want “them” whoever they might be, to save our country, protect our freedoms and work in our interests. That’s probably why we are so eager to believe the absurd, repetitive lies the two political parties tell us. But the fact is that if we want to be saved we’re going to have to do it ourselves, and some of the first people we need to be saved from are both these pernicious political parties and their lying manipulations.

My first bit of advice as I wind down Part 1 of this series is to take down the donkey or the elephant and put the cross back up on your home altar. Give up your false idol of political party and turn back to the Only God, the only One Who can save you, and me, and our great nation, America.

 

 

  • http://danielundem.wordpress.com Daniel Undem

    Fantastic Post. Great advice on taking down the donkey and the elephant. I agree that too many people would rather follow their political parties than Chirst. It takes courage to write what you have written and I commend you for it. God Bless.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Daniel! I’m relieved. It’s such strong stuff, I was concerned if people would understand.

  • http://servusfidelis.wordpress.com servusfidelis

    Good advice. St Ignatius of Antioch said,”No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. Do not talk about Jesus Christ as long as you love this world.” You’re echoing his teachings. Thanks for that!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you! I wish I had your knowledge of these things!

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com JessicaHof

    Wow! That’s real straight talking Rebecca. I can see why the other politicos put pressure on you, you give their sordid little game away and encourage people to think. Whatever next, voting with your conscience, – where’d the parties be then? Perhaps we should treat them as they do us – as vehicles for what we want? More power to your elbow – and thank the Lord for politicians like you.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Jessica.

  • http://paulinesthoughts.com Pauline

    I figured out some of that when “my” political party sent me a letter saying that I had been chosen to be in their business advisory group. It was only a ploy for money. If you paid money, you could come give them some advice. Yeah, right. If you paid them money, you could go to the inauguration. If you paid them money…

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Pauline, they send those letters out by the tens of thousands. It’s a two-part ploy. First, they get your money. Second, they get you to answer questions that allow them to learn how better to manipulate you in future mailings, advertising and what slogans they chose.

      One thing they’re NOT interested in is taking your advice.

      You are a lot smarter than most people. You figured this out!

      • http://www.ephesians4-15.blogspot.ca Randy

        It is not a matter of most. They send out letter by the tens of thousands. They only need to fool a small minority to get a big benefit. The beauty of this is that the richer a potential donor is the more likely he is to believe they will listen to him.

  • http://ackans.wordpress.com Mr. V.

    Rebecca, thanks for writing this. Every voter needs to read it, and take the words to heart.

    Sometimes I think that there’s really only one party, and that they’ve stacked the deck more in their favor by making us think we really have a choice, when all we’re doing is putting one of their own in office no matter who we vote for.

    This election, for example. If ever there was a presidential election that had me discouraged, this is it. Romney or Obama, voting for either is nothing more than a vote to keep the status quo. The idea of a choice is just an illusion. That’s the way I see it, anyhow. Rebecca, again thanks for this post. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      There is a a lot of truth to this.

      “Sometimes I think that there’s really only one party, and that they’ve stacked the deck more in their favor by making us think we really have a choice, when all we’re doing is putting one of their own in office no matter who we vote for.”

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    Well said, Rebecca. Strong stuff, sure, but truth is truth and stands on its own. This aligns with what I know/see, perhaps its easier here because we are effectively (except the 1st Cong. district) a one party state. Work for us? Not in this lifetime. Our state convention is next week, and the Liberty Caucus (so-called) has an insurgency going on. it’s going to be more interesting than usual.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      We have all the same things here. Keep us informed about what happens at the convention.

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        Surely, It looks right now like the Governor (the first Governor to endorse Romney) is going to be embarrassed, I should have more current information in the morning.

        • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

          Let us know.

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        Apparently Governor Dave is not pleased! This is fro RedState Eclectic. Laura is Laura Ebke, the chair of the Nebraska Liberty Caucus. Should be an interesting week.

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        Hate it when I forget to paste :)

        “Ebke was called in to a meeting with the governor recently, where Heineman “made it clear to us that he wasn’t very happy” about the group’s support for the candidate for chairman that he had not endorsed, John Orr. She said the governor said they shouldn’t challenge his authority to name a state chairman.

        How dare anyone challenge the gov’s authoriTAY? Oh, those insurgents…”

      • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

        Thanks for the updates! Hang in there, friend!

  • http://homelesscrisis.wordpress.com @homelesscrisis

    Thank You!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank YOU for your wonderful ministry!

      • http://homelesscrisis.wordpress.com @homelesscrisis

        Thank you, i appreciate that. :-))!

  • http://foragingsquirrel.com

    I remember when I was a teenager I went to “Girls State” and ran for office in a pretend political election. Without being coached, I promised anything the voters wanted and said “when I’m elected you’ll get everything and anything..” and I won by a landslide! lol! Had I been that affected by the world I lived in at 15 or was I born knowing how to swindle? Hmm sad we are passing down this kind of education.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      :-) Great story! Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://www.durablefaith.com Durable

    Reblogged this on Durable Faith and commented:
    ‘Take down the donkey or elephant and put the cross back …’

    Indeed

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks for the re-blog!

  • Peter Wiebe

    Amen to putting Christ and His cross in their proper place, Rebecca.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Peter.

  • justifiedandsinner

    These passage tend to put this discussion into place as well:

    2:1 Why this uproar among the nations, this impotent muttering of the peoples? 2 Kings of the earth take up position, princes plot together against Yahweh and his anointed, 3 ‘Now let us break their fetters! Now let us throw off their bonds!’ 4 He who is enthroned in the heavens laughs, Yahweh makes a mockery of them, 5 then in his anger rebukes them, in his rage he strikes them with terror. 6 ‘I myself have anointed my king on Zion my holy mountain.’ 7 I will proclaim the decree of Yahweh: He said to me, ‘You are my son, today have I fathered you. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the nations as your birthright, the whole wide world as your possession. 9 With an iron sceptre you will break them, shatter them like so many pots.’ 10 So now, you kings, come to your senses, you earthly rulers, learn your lesson! 11 In fear be submissive to Yahweh; [12a] with trembling 12 kiss his feet, lest he be angry and your way come to nothing, for his fury flares up in a moment. How blessed are all who take refuge in him!
    Psalm 2:1-12 (NJB)

    ( I would also note that the above was written by a politician for, King David, that wrote this… )

    2:13 For the sake of the Lord, accept the authority of every human institution: the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 and the governors as commissioned by him to punish criminals and praise those who do good. 15 It is God’s will that by your good deeds you should silence the ignorant talk of fools. 16 You are slaves of no one except God, so behave like free people, and never use your freedom as a cover for wickedness. 17 Have respect for everyone and love for your fellow-believers; fear God and honour the emperor. (or king or president)
    1 Peter 2:13-17 (NJB)

    and finally

    3:1 Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; Titus 3:1 (NJB)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks for these.

    • Durable

      Not digging that translation of firstthe peter at all. So, hitler, yes sir, stalin, how may i help you, and mao, how high shall i jump? Jesus and the disciples regulary challenged the human institutions of their day and we are to follow in their footsteps.

      • justifiedandsinner

        Durable,
        St Peter wrote these in regard to a emperor who was not so unlike Stalin – a man named Nero. He had a habit of lighting up garden parties by coating Christians in pitch and igniting them. So keep that in mind when you read it – St Peter is neither being naive or having an attitude that is positive.

        Keep in mind the context – which is the MIssio Dei – and that our good behavior brings glory to God – because it testifies of our trust in Him, our trust in His faithfulness. This isn’t done blindly – but as the passage leads – for the sake of the Lord.
        Does that mean we do evil? Of course not – but it does mean if the choice is prison – we take it. Even if it is death, we don’t deny God. Over 3000 priests and pastors did that under Hitler’s reign. Some others – passively embraced that evil ( as did the church father’s in Carthage ) misunderstanding this passage – and the admonition to not do evil that is in it. Yet even our opposition needs to be done in righteousness, a hard challenge – especially when our leaders aren’t respected.

        BTW – again I urge you – look at the lives of saints who were martyred…. their strength in this indeed testifies of their trust in God, just as those in the Epistle to the Hebrews.

        Tough reading yes… yet it is still as inspired as the gospels, or the pentatuch.

        Godspeed.

        PastorDt

  • http://spiritualdrift.wordpress.com Kent

    Reblogged this on Spiritual Drift and commented:
    Wow! Just, wow! I don’t care which side of the aisle you’re on, this is an amazing, eye-opening post on politics today. Written by State Representative Rebecca Hamilton . . . i.e. someone who would know! Just an outstanding, refreshingly honest look at how our government system truly works.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Kent, thanks for the re-blog!

  • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com Catholic Nomad Girl

    Good post! It is true that a party can be idolized. Good job working to set the focus straight – on Christ!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you. From my vantage point as an elected official, it’s rather obvious that quite a few people on both sides of the political spectrum have made a false idol of their political party.

      • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com Catholic Nomad Girl

        You are welcome!

  • http://RealityOfChrist.wordpress.com Reality Of Christ

    If only we could hook them up to lie detector tests. LOL. That would be awesome! Great post.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      :-)

    • http://ackans.wordpress.com Mr. V.

      Imagine if we had lie detectors that let out a loud buzz every time a lie was uttered….and then imagine hooking those up to the major candidates in a political debate, trying to win our votes….Might make for an interesting debate.

      • http://RealityOfChrist.wordpress.com Reality Of Christ

        Yes it would! LOL.

      • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

        Or … it might be boring with all that continuous buzzing! :-)

    • http://reflectionsforthesoul.wordpress.com Marcelle Bartolo-Abela

      I, for one, would absolutely love to see that happen (hooking the politicos up to lie detector tests). Great post, Rebecca; I’m glad you’re bringing these things out. About time they got said in plain language. I’m re-distributing this post to my fb page (with your consent, obviously – grin).

      • Rebecca Hamilton

        Re-distribute as much as you want Marcelle.
        As for politicos and lie detector tests — :-)

  • http://spiritualsavant.wordpress.com spiritualsavant

    Reblogged this on spiritualsavant and commented:
    Our king is already on the throne and he doesn’t need the help of politicians. I’m preaching on Acts 12 this week; maybe we need more worms to sweep through congress. Just thinking out loud.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      First, thank you for the re-blog! Second, I believe you are right in your comment about politics and Our King. I’m going to talk about that very thing in future posts in this series. Thanks again.

      • http://spiritualsavant.wordpress.com spiritualsavant

        Herod imprisoned, but the church prayed. Herod died, but the word of God spread. Acts 12

        • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

          Wonderful thought.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for the re-blog. I agree with you that politics is not the answer, JESUS is the answer.

  • http://zionsmountain.org Tony Lollio

    I must commend you for your courage, Representative Hamilton. Taking a stand for Christ-like values is becoming a difficult endeavor in today’s political climate. These positions can’t be improving your popularity within your party, but that doesn’t seem to concern you. I wish more were like you. As a Jewish conservative, I never thought I would be subscribing to a Catholic blog from a Democrat legislator. I admire you for taking a stand, I’ll have to break it gently to my Rabbi:)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Tell your Rebbe that the Oklahoma Democratic Party, at their statewide convention in 1997, came within 50 votes of officially censuring me for passing a pro life bill over the veto of a Democratic governor. Supporters of the censure claim that it would’ve passed if they’d organized it better. I don’t doubt them. And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I’ve been called everything but a nice person by my party — many, many times!

      It is an honor, a grace and a gift to be attacked for protecting the lives of innocent children, for standing up for Jesus. As for my popularity with the powers that be in either party; you’re right. It doesn’t concern me. Never has. I answer to God, the people of District 89, my husband, my 86-year-old mother and a 19-year-old gray tabby cat. Period.

      • http://zionsmountain.org Tony Lollio

        Again, I wish there were more legislators like yourself out there. Your priorities are in exactly the right place. With the support of our Lord, and an old gray tabby cat; who can stand against you? I am looking forward to reading more of your thoughts. May Adonai bless you and keep you.

  • http://aliyb97.wordpress.com Sisters in Christ

    Thanks for the like and stopping by my site!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank, my Sister in Christ!

  • http://twtface.com twtface

    Amen Rebecca! It’s time we all stood up to these money groveling, power hungry politicians. It’s time we take America back! Thanks for an inspiring post.

  • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

    Thank you Paul!

  • http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    I will add my AMEN to this article! Great article and great comments. I just read an article on changing the world and how we can’t do it alone, we all need to work together. This is a good start by getting informed on what is really going on and working together to return our country back to what it was. Blessings ~ God

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Patty!

  • applyingmybeliefs

    Two good blogs – I too reblogged this on my church’s internal site, posted it on Facebook and tweeted this. There is a lot of idol worshipping going on in our country and it is at the center of why our country is slowly failing morally. Which will then be followed by economic failure, leading to increased poverty and possibly some level of anarchy or maybe a breakdown of our social structures and disintegration of the country. I’m not predicting this, but this is what happened in ancient Rome. It took a few hundred years then, if it happens here it is likely to be quicker as the spread of the infection of immorality is speeded up through technology.

    What you wrote about reminds me of why I am a supporter of term limits. It might not completely fix things, but if long term power and control couldn’t be bought so easily, some politicians might actually get a backbone!

    Good words, Rebecca!

  • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

    Thank you for this kind comment, and thank you for the re-blog!

  • http://scpeanutgallery.com abcinsc

    Thank you for your candor and honesty. It has hit a nerve with me and brought back some painful memories from the trenches of the “culture wars.”

    I have re-posted your blog under the title – “Public Catholic Comment: Lying Snakes, Kabuki Dancers and Useful Idiots” at scpeanutgallery.com.

    My comments are too long for inclusion here, and perhaps somewhat of a diversion. Here’s a link – http://scpeanutgallery.com/2012/07/09/public-catholic-comment-lying-snakes-kabuki-dancers-and-useful-idiots/ – I’ve tried to call it like I see it.

    Thanks again. I look forward to your next post.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      That’s a great title! Thanks for the re-blog.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Art, I re-blogged your re-blog. Hope that’s ok. Your comments add so much value to the conversation. I want as many people as possible to read them. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion!

      • http://scpeanutgallery.com abcinsc

        Thank you.

  • http://theoddfosterparent.wordpress.com forourlady

    I hope you appreciate how unique you are. Having your sights set on the Kingdom probably helps you greatly. For my own part, I did look into running for political office here in Idaho. But, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I am not made for that kind of work, so now I’m evaluating becoming clergy (deacon). Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you do. Thank you!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I love your post on Fatima. It is great! As for thanking me, back at ya, for all YOU do.

  • David

    This is why I look to Rome, meaning the Vatican, before I ever pull the lever. In my state, they’re not sophisticated enough to have voting machines, we’re still marking the ballot with #2 pencils.

    I’m discerning for the diaconate, too, forourlady…

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      David, I tried to reply to you concerning how to apply Church teachings to the specifics of politics, or at least how I try to do it; but I found that it quickly gets too complex for an answer to a comment.

      The short version is thank you for this comment and blessings on your discernment. I’ll post about this in detail someday in the future.

    • justifiedandsinner

      David,

      Prayers on your discernment as well, such time should be taken with great care, for the burden of service is always regarding – but often costly.

      The big challenge is balancing respecting Caesar and

  • http://steadfastshepherdess.wordpress.com Steadfast Shepherdess

    I think that giant ditch between the people and the government needs to be filled in. OUR government was designed to be a small part of us as, the part of us who was our voice. The voice who speaks for us ALL, not just the group they think will give them the most votes so they can continue on with their own agenda. Washington needs an overhaul… A big dose of back to reality. We need REAL AMERICANS filling in those seats, not “bureaucrats” born and bread for generations to be above the rest of Americans but Among them.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Agreed. Maybe what we need is a “Steadfast Sheperdess!”

  • http://mtsweat.wordpress.com mtsweat

    Thanks for the confirming word of what I was pretty sure I knew… very few in the leadership of our nation have God or the people in mind when they promote their agendas. Power and money… their gods. Sadly, as you say, we keep letting them dupe us into believing they are on our side… even promoting them as if they have an answer… when the only answer is prayer and authentic discipleship. God bless your cause here, good friend.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      True.

      “Power and money… their gods.”

  • http://21stcenturyxstian literary lew

    Excellent!

  • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

    Thank you Lew!

  • http://godssceneryandpromises.wordpress.com sagescenery

    Thank you, Jesus, for someone who can think clearly about our world!! Well done!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      What a nice compliment! Thank you.

  • http://inspiration-point.org Barry

    I just tweeted this story. Wow! I’d say you’re nailing it. I, for one believe that the Church is not powerless when it comes to the election. By Church, I mean the whole Body of Christ. We can affect the country, greatly through prayer and action. With prayer, we can petition God to change the direction of this country. But first, it requires repentance.

    Like you, I’m not going to say who to vote for. I really don’t trust either men and yet the Father would have us pray for BOTH Pres. Obama and Romney. Outside of prayer and being wise about the politicians, I don’t have much faith with religious groups claiming to represent my interest.

    By the way, I love how you called the allegiance to political ideology, idolatry. This is precisely what it is. Nice touch. :)

  • Rebecca Hamilton

    Thank you Barry!

  • http://www.rosesnearrunningwaters.wordpress.com Rose

    Excellent post. It always saddens me when I hear people talking about how they are voting for someone simply because of the political party they belong to and without knowing anything about the candidate themselves. Thank you for your insight and honesty.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Rose. You have a beautiful name and great … what do they call that … graviton??? Your rose photo. It’s beautiful.

  • http://cornerstonefaith.wordpress.com Barbara Arndt

    Great information. Thank You for your honesty and the insight that your posts have given me. It saddens me to realize how little we know about how our government is ran.
    I am still trying to figure out how to include your site/link on my blog. From My Heart To Yours… A Journey of Faith and Prayer. However, I am gladly posting a link to it on my FB page. Blessings!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Barbara!
      Try this: See the green share button up at the end of the post? Try clicking on that, then find wordpress and type in your blog’s web address, etc. I don’t know for sure if that will work, but I’ve done it myself with other people’s blogs when I wanted to link them and it was ok.
      Let me know what happens.

  • http://cornerstonefaith.wordpress.com Barbara Arndt

    It was very easy once I saw the more button on the share box. Thanks so very much. Blessings

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I’m glad! Thanks for letting me know how it went.

  • Marthe Lépine

    Very good post. I found it because Mark Shea had a link to it in his own blog. I have a problem, though, with voting for the candidate instead of the party. In my country at least (Canada), once elected a Member of Parliament has to follow the party line no matter what, even if it goes against the interests of his or her region, or s/he gets expelled. It does not seem that they are able, even if they were willing, to do or promote what the people who voted for them actually want or need.

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    Hello, Rebecca,

    Very interesting and thought-provoking post. It’s quite true that the Repubs after 40 years have not been able to overturn Roe. I believe the overturning of Roe will require a renewal of the spiritual life of our nation, and a turning back to the Lord on the part of a substantial of our people, in addition to political efforts to rid our land of this horror. Political efforts alone haven’t been – and never will be – enough.

    That said, one party proudly proclaims itself the “Party of Choice” (i.e., the choice to target the infant in the womb for annihilation), and when they get into office, they really do make laws (in the case of legislators) and executive orders and court appointments (Presidents) that promote and affirm abortion. They also enact and / or lobby for legislation that would force Catholics to perform, assist at, refer for, and / or pay for other peoples’ abortions. These terrible things happen when Repubs are in office or in the majority, too, but less often.

    I have an relative with Stage III cancer. She is putting up a valiant fight. They have tried different medicines, hoping to shrink the tumor. With some medicines they try, the cancer doesn’t seem to shrink but seems to continue to grow and even to spread. With other medicines, the tumor doesn’t seem to shrink much if at all, but there is evidence that it is not continuing to grow or to spread. Does this mean that both kinds of results are equally worthless? No, my aunt is willing to suffer undergoing the chemo with the med that at least seems to reduce the growth and spread of the cancer.

    Abortion and other forms of immorality are the cancers upon our nation. I cannot ignore the fact that one party wants to promote the growth and spread of this cancer, actively targeting and attempting to swallow up healthy elements such as Catholic hospitals and Catholic social service agencies; the other party, while not able to eradicate the cancer of abortion, at least does not actively facilitate its growth and spread.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      First, my prayers go to our relative.
      Second, I agree with what you say. I have NO desire to get people to switch political parties. I’m NOT trying to tell you which person to vote for. My goal in writing this series is to teach. I’ve spent a lot of years as an elected official and I feel a deep call to use what I’ve learned to help people understand why our government is not working in their interests and what they can do about it. I am trying to empower you. But to do that, I’ve first got to tell you the unhappy truth of the way things are. Hang on Marion. I’ll post one an installment in this series every Monday. I have a lot of home truth about the way things are to get through first, but I WILL get to the point where I start talking about what we, as Christians and American citizens, can do. Thanks for your fine comment Marion. I appreciate it.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Marion for this thoughtful comment. First, my prayers go to our relative.
      Second, I agree with what you say. I have NO desire to get people to switch political parties. I’m NOT trying to tell you which person to vote for. My goal in writing this series is to teach. I’ve spent a lot of years as an elected official and I feel a deep call to use what I’ve learned to help people understand why our government is not working in their interests and what they can do about it. I am trying to empower you. But to do that, I’ve first got to tell you the unhappy truth of the way things are. Hang on Marion. I’ll post one an installment in this series every Monday. I have a lot of home truth about the way things are to get through first, but I WILL get to the point where I start talking about what we, as Christians and American citizens, can do.

  • Gary

    WOW! Clicked over here from Mark Shea’s blog and have now forwarded this to my five brothers, four of my kids (the adult ones; the little ones will hear it at the dinner table) and other close friends who thirst for Truth. A life-long Republican (with a brief Buchananite holiday) and volunteer at pro-life help centers since college, my disillusionment with the GOP began with Bush I and reached ballistic levels when we had Dole and then McCain foisted upon us. Now we have a recent “convert” to the pro-life side running to embrace exceptions where murder is just fine. Sheesh! God bless you for reminding us all that Christ is King!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Gary!

  • Deacon John Saturus

    Much of what you say here is exactly true, and kudos to you for saying it. (And all honour to you for your pro-life stance in the State legislature.)

    But for people in potential “swing states” (at least), to vote for Obama is to vote to continue a situation where every Federal judge appointed is dogmatically pro-abortion, where every pro-life bill passed by Congress (including banning “partial birth” abortion) gets vetoed, where the resources of the Justice Department are used to harass and prosecute pro-life demonstrators, where the Solicitor General files briefs against state-level pro-life legislation, etc. I’m no huge fan of Romney’s, but he’s about 75% right on the clearest and most important issue; and Obama is an absolute dogmatic radical 0%.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you. I have no desire to tell people how to vote. I also am not trying to get anyone to change their political affiliation. What I am trying to do is share what I’ve learned after sixteen years in elected office about how things actually work. The points you make are correct. What I want to do here is to teach you how to make your party walk their talk on life issues and change them on social justice issues. As for pro-life Democrats, they’ve got to work to change their party on life and moral issues and make them walk their talk on social justice issues. If we keep on doing what we’ve been doing, we’re going to keep on getting what we’ve been getting. I don’t know how much more of that our country can take.

  • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com Ben @ Two Men

    It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Think of your vote as one very small candle. Of course, it can always be snuffed out by the person you voted for.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Very true Ben. This post is part 1 in a series. My goal in writing it is not to keep people from voting, (or to get them to switch parties) but to teach them how to use their votes (and their political advocacies) to take back their own power as Americans. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a way to do this without explaining the truth of what is actually happening. Don’t get disheartened. We can change things, and I’ll get there in time. I’ll post a new installment in this series every Monday. Stay tuned.

      • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com Ben @ Two Men

        Thanks for the clarifcation and may God bless your blog!

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Thank you Ben.

  • http://www.traveltoast.com Melanie

    This was so well-written and so dearly needed in these confusing times. Bravo!

    After bending my knee to the Republicans for most of my young adult life, I finally realized what an unholy alliance it was. Having worked for state level republican legislators (under then-Governor Bush), I, too, witnessed more than once the direct annihilation of pro-life legislation because of dirty political power plays (and yes, by Bush himself directly). When the Iraq war began, I had a wake-up call and was able to see more clearly the truth of what and why things happen in government in the light of my Faith and its teachings. We all want to belong to a team, don’t we? Let’s give our loyalty first to the team of Our Lord and judge the rest of the earthly alliances through His Truth only.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      What you said …
      “Let’s give our loyalty first to the team of Our Lord and judge the rest of the earthly alliances through His Truth only.”

  • Chris

    Bookmarked. Print it and frame it. Great post.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Chris.

  • Brian English

    “It’s quite true that the Repubs after 40 years have not been able to overturn Roe.”

    If Robert Bork had been on the Supreme Court instead of Anthony Kennedy, Roe and Doe would have been overturned in 1992 in the Casey decision. Not having enough Republican Senators at the time of the vote on Bork has had an enduring impact. Elections have consequences.

    • http://www.traveltoast.com Melanie

      Brian,

      It’s a misconception that the only way to overturn legalized abortion is to wait for the Supreme Court to do it. I firmly believe that the emphasis on the power of the Court is used as an excuse by our politicians who run on pro-life promises and then act as if their hands are tied by deferring always to the Court.

      The fact is, a simple and straightforward piece of legislation defining life at conception would remove court jurisdiction and put the task of protecting unborn life back into the hands of the state (where it used to be).

      If only our Republican leaders would do something like that, right? Well, guess what, they have. Many times. And even with a “pro-life” President (for two terms) and a Republican majority in Congress (for six years), it was killed. Over and over and over again.

      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctity_of_Life_Act)

      At some point, we have to stand up and ask, what are getting in return for our money and our votes? That’s the whole point of this article. I demand more accountability from my three-year-old than most Americans do from their leaders. How do we expect them to really do anything if they have nothing to lose … because we’ll always return to support them no matter how much they say one thing but do another?

      If you don’t keep your children accountable, you end up with a spoiled, self-entitled, untrustworthy brat. And it’s the same for our elected leaders.

    • Ted Seeber

      Congress has the power to overturn Roe V. Wade. It was in the original decision. It doesn’t even take a law or an amendment, just a resolution passed by both the House and the Senate. The Executive doesn’t even have to sign it. The Republicans have had the power to do so several times since then, and have refused to step up to the plate and redefine the unborn as persons.

  • Left Coast Conservative

    Reposted to Facebook – I share your thoughts and have long wondered at the lack of will exhibited by the Republicans. Ultimately, this is a glimpse of the cosmic battle between good and evil played out on the world stage. Prayer and fasting are the antidote and the means to return to a moral life.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Agreed.
      “Ultimately, this is a glimpse of the cosmic battle between good and evil played out on the world stage. Prayer and fasting are the antidote and the means to return to a moral life.”

  • Mike Jarman

    Just plain…right. Correct. Accurate. True.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Mike!

  • Brian English

    “If only our Republican leaders would do something like that, right? Well, guess what, they have. Many times. And even with a “pro-life” President (for two terms) and a Republican majority in Congress (for six years), it was killed. Over and over and over again.”

    The Sanctity of Life Act is probably unconstitutional, but even if it passed constitutional muster as a matter of substance, depriving a citizen of of the opportunity to protect a federal right in federal court is completely incompatible with our approach to justice. There has to be a remedy for the violation of a right. That problem is only resolved if you first extinguish the right.

    Supporters of the Sanctity of Life Act also fail to recognize that even if Congress deprived federal courts of jurisdiction in challenges to state statutes restricting abortion, those actions could still be brought in state courts, where those courts would still have to enforce Roe under the Supremacy Clause. There is no way to get around the fact that Roe and Doe have to be overturned.

    • http://www.traveltoast.com Melanie

      I would never want to deprive a citizen of the opportunity to protect their right to privacy at the Supreme Court level. I do want to deprive them of their “right” to seek protection from the Supreme Court to murder an innocent child. Once the unborn are recognized as persons with the same protections under the constitution as everyone else (including the right to privacy), then the relevant laws regulating and punishing murder go back to the states where they rightfully belong.

      Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states:

      “The Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.”

      Waiting on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe V. Wade is waste of time, especially when numerous constitutional scholars and lawyers agree there are more effective ways to end abortion. Besides, what’s the harm in giving it a shot? Oh, I know, the Republican politicians won’t have the pro-life carrot to dangle out in front of us voters any longer. What a horror that would be . . . for them.

  • Dan

    This is the most “frank” description of the workings in Washington I’ve read, BRAVO!. These politicians campaign against the problems they cause. They say follow the money because money is power to these guys. If we Catholics, the largest Christian group in the US, actually tithed 10% of our income there would be no abortion or gay marriage. She’s right, we need to go to war against these so called leaders. How’s this for starters; a referendum by the people for manditory term limits, requirement that all senators and congressmen must live under the laws they enact. No special heath care, pensions, etc.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      “These politicians campaign against the problems they cause.”

      Brilliant comment!

  • Don

    Dear Rebecca: According to CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57500585/since-2010-32-states-have-restricted-abortions/), since 2010, 32 states have passed legislation restricting abortions. Are we supposed to believe this has nothing to do with the sweeping 2010 Republican victories at the state level? I agree Republicans aren’t perfect, but the Democrats are defiantly pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and anti-religious freedom.

    You make it very clear that you aren’t trying to get anyone to change their votes or party affiliation. Why not? Don’t you realize that if all Catholics, or even 75% of them, voted pro-life, the Democrats would be forced to change their position. The problem with your post is that, regarding the sanctity of life, it’s as non-commital as most of our bishops. Sure, they’re pro-life, but how many of them will have the courage to tell their flock to vote that way? How many will educate their flock by telling them that voting for pro-abortion politicians (when there’s a pro-life alternative) is “remote material cooperation with evil.”

    Rick Santorum, an authentic, pro-life Catholic, tried to get the Republican nomination. His quest essentially ended when the majority of Catholics in Ohio voted for Romney. Abortion isn’t important to most Catholics because bishops and priests (and posts like yours) don’t stress its importance, and because the grisly murders are not seen–out of sight, out of mind. Only when there’s a spiritual awakening among Catholics will our country turn around.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Don, I agree with you that a spiritual awakening of Catholics is needed. But I don’t agree with you that voting Republican — or Democrat — constitutes a spiritual awakening. The Rs and the Ds are just political parties. Too many people confuse following their political party with following Christ.

      What I would like to see is for Republicans to go after their party and insist that they walk their talk on life issues. I know you think they do. But I’ve seen up close and first hand that they don’t.

      As for the Democrats, the only thing that’s going to change them is for pro-life Democrats to come out for party primaries, get themselves elected to key party positions and change the thing from the inside. That is also what I’d like to see happen.

      When those two things happen, this culture is going to flip over. So long as people keep on slavishly supporting their party and getting mad at anyone who tries to tell them that their king has no clothes, we’re just going to keep on getting what we’ve been getting all along.

      As for the bishops, I’ve said it more than once on this blog, and I’ll probably say it many times more. I am a Roman Catholic and I support my bishop.

      This post is Part 1 of a series. Stay tuned and see if the next installment ticks you off as much as this one has.

  • hoary

    Excellent!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you.

  • Brian English

    “Once the unborn are recognized as persons with the same protections under the constitution as everyone else (including the right to privacy), then the relevant laws regulating and punishing murder go back to the states where they rightfully belong.”

    But any law providing those protections to the unborn is going to get overturned under Roe, Doe and Casey. Those cases have to be reversed. There is no easy way around it. I know Ron Paul thinks otherwise, but he is wrong.

    “Besides, what’s the harm in giving it a shot?”
    The harm is that if you pass a law like that, which is a direct challenge to Roe, etc., it is going to get overturned on a 5-4 vote. There will then be a new precedent confirming Roe, which you do not want. That is why the course of action for the pro-life movement has been to pass incremental restrictions like parental notifications, informed consent laws, and waiting periods (outside of addressing obvious barbarism pursuant to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban or Born Alive Act). Until Roe is gone, we can just push at the margins.

    • http://www.traveltoast.com Melanie

      Brian, if you’re a constitutional lawyer, please say so. Otherwise, there are enough authoritative opinions out there to make this strategy a worthwhile pursuit.

      You advise that we should not challenge Roe V. Wade, because if we did, and it failed, then Roe V. Wade would be “confirmed” and therefore immune to future challenge. Frankly, I’m not sure how we would be worse off for trying.

      I say challenge it every which way we can. It’s been 40 years of dead babies already.

      God bless.

      • Brian English

        I am a lawyer. I do not consider myself an expert on constitutional law, but I certainly know enough to see the serious problems with the Sanctity of Life Act. The worst is the inability of Congress to remove jurisdiction from state courts, which means state laws would simply be invalidated in state courts instead of federal courts. I have never read an argument by a proponent of the Act that successfully deals with that issue.

  • Brian English

    “What I would like to see is for Republicans to go after their party and insist that they walk their talk on life issues. I know you think they do. But I’ve seen up close and first hand that they don’t.”

    Perhaps you should define “they.” Are you saying Republicans like Chris Smith, John Boehner, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, Sam Brownback and John Cornyn are phonies? Was Henry Hyde a phony?
    What about Marjorie Dannenfelser and the other women who run the Susan B. Anthony List? Are they just a front for the Republican Party? What about CatholicVote? More phonies just trying to trick Pro Life Catholics into voting for Republicans?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Brian, I’m not going to get into a big back and forth over this. I meant what I said and I think it was quite clear.
      I’ll be posting some specific details as the series goes forward.
      However, if you think the Republican Party is perfect as it is, and are offended by any suggestions that it might need some input from its members, that’s your call.
      One of the guiding premises of this blog, in fact, one of the reasons I started writing it, is that I believe as strongly as anyone can believe something that there is only one Jesus and He alone is Lord. The Rs and the Ds are not my God and I do not cater to either of them.
      I want dialogue on this blog, not heated accusatory slamming back and forth. That kind of behavior stops kinder, gentler people from posting. You are free to disagree here. Please post as much as you want. But do it gently and kindly. Do not hector people.

  • Doug

    Many have found a guideline for Christians in politics in John 17. It has authority, coming from our Lord himself, and a Christian can apply it to involvement in the world’s systems of rulership. (Excerpted from the Douay version).
    “I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them whom you have given me: because they are yours.” >>Pray not for Caesar’s success, but for God’s.
    “And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name whom you have given me: that they may be one, as we also are.” >> Although Christians are [living] in the world, they should not be part of it; its actions, its words.
    “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them: because they are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.” >> Christians will be “hated” by the world, not invited to its conventions or fundraisers. (John 15:20)
    “I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from evil.” >> If out of the world, Christians would not be able to preach and teach … What? Well, Jesus prophesied that “this gospel [good news] of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations: and then shall the consummation come.” (Mt 24:14) He doesn’t say who would be doing this, but there is a command to Christians at Mt 28:19,20, which any of us could use.
    “As you have sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. >> When sent into the world, Jesus refused to be involved with the “all the kingdoms of the world”, which we agree he could have ruled very well. (And, doesn’t the conversation imply strongly that these governments were somehow Satan’s to dole out?) Jesus also refused a firm offer of kingship at least over his home territory. (Lu 4:5-8; John 6:14,15)
    In fact, haven’t we been taught, often from infancy, to pray that this government be established ‘on earth, as it is in Heaven’? Would a Christian be acting in harmony with that prayer by taking part in man’s governance?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      “In fact, haven’t we been taught, often from infancy, to pray that this government be established ‘on earth, as it is in Heaven’? Would a Christian be acting in harmony with that prayer by taking part in man’s governance?”

      I’m not a theologian or philosopher, but MY feeling is that Christians are part of the Kingdom of God in this life, as well as the next. At the same time, we are here in this world and citizens of this country. But our membership in the Kingdom has a prior claim on us. Our job as I see it is to do our best by the light that we are given and the abilities and opportunities that we have to try to create an ordered and just society which seeks to create the Kingdom “on earth as in Heaven.” We must not conform ourselves to this world, but rather conform ourselves to heaven and seek to bring the world in conformance with that.
      That is why we should not put political parties in the place of defining what is good. God alone does that. We should NEVER allow our morals and values to be determined by our political parties. Rather, we should try as best we can to make the political parties reflect the morals and beliefs that are eternal and which have prior claim on us as Christians.

      Thank you for this thoughtful comment.

      • Doug

        “Christians are part of the Kingdom of God in this life”
        We certainly hope so. But our Lord said that we recognize the tree by its fruit. I mentioned being in harmony with The Prayer because it’s addressed to God, not to men. In the thousands of years of recorded history since Adam have we known any government of men to bring us any closer to God? We can think especially of those which claimed to be “Christian” nations- did medeival France or 20th century Ireland bring people anything like what is promised in Psalms 45 and 72?
        More important, do nations often or seldom apply what Jesus commanded at John 13:34,35, Douay: “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” After saying this did he show his love by taking up arms against Rome?
        If my sworn allegiance is to a nation and that nation’s leader, what do I do if the leader commands me to take up arms against another country where Christians also live?

  • Matt

    What are we to do? A lot of what you describe is the fault of the system we have, which, while nowhere near perfect, is one of the world’s best. We cannot change it by standing on the sidelines, rather, we must engaged, and voting is the most basic way of doing that. In this election, every vote counts, and I will be voting for the least-worst candidate, Mitt Romney.

    Remember that the major parties are going to try to get the majority of votes. Therefore, they will try to appeal to the majority of people. Faithful Catholics are a very small minority of the electorate. Our numbers may sound impressive at first, but when you realize that only 22pc of so-called Catholics actually go to
    Sunday Mass on a regular basis, you begin to realize how small we really are. If we truly want our politics to change, we must change our culture, and that will not happen through the political process, but rather by personal relationships one person at a time. The bottom line is that we need to live our faith to the best of our ability.

    But in the meantime, make sure you vote.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Matt, you have wisdom. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Bill G.

    Bonum est confidere in Domino, quam confidere in homine. Bonum est sperare in Domino, quam sperare in principibus. 

    One party would have us be slaves to the state, and the other slaves to multinational corporations. Be slaves to God instead.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Bravo Bill!

  • John Campbell

    Rebecca, I have two questions if you’d care to address them.
    1. Why does your bio state that you are a Democrat?
    2. I believe what you’ve said about both parties to be true. Where then does the Tea Party fit into the scheme of things as you see it?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Hello John –

      I am a registered Democrat.

      The area where I have some specific knowledge about the Tea Party is how it has affected legislative activities in Oklahoma. What has happened here is that members of the legislature who share the overall philosophy of the Tea Party have advocated vigorously for their viewpoint. In some instances they have managed to kill a few pieces of legislation, but I don’t think (I’m doing this from memory) that they have actually succeeded in putting any legislation into law. I believe there were a number of Tea Party candidates in this year’s Republican primary, but most of them lost their elections. There was a concerted effort by the Republican Party machine to defeat them at all costs. On the other hand, the Party machine has tried to defeat Tea Party incumbents, but couldn’t do it.

      I believe that similar things have happened in other states, but that the Tea Party may have had more success in electing some of its candidates in those places.

      As to where the Tea Party and its influence is headed in the future, I don’t know.

      • John Campbell

        Recbecca, thank you so much for the thoughtful reply. I find very few bloggers make the time to respond to individual posters so I found this very special. You may be a registered Democrat, but based on what you’ve written, I think the Democratic Party has left you behind. As evidence I look at the current Democratic Party Platform and compared it to your obvious profession of Catholic faith.
        Best Regards,
        John Campbell

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          John, they not only have left me behind, they’re tried to kick me out. Several times. Look at the photo at the top of this blog to get a feel for it.

  • Steve

    Within the Republican pary there is a power struggle between the establishment Republicans and “conservatives” and tea-partiers for control of the party. Though influential, the conservatves have not prevailed. If and when they do there will be an unarguable distinction between dems and repubs.. There is reason to hope that this process is gathering steam and in the meantime our presence is felt and responded to, even if grudgingly. There is no comparable contribution by any faction of the Democratic party. Pro-life Democrats are marginilized and have zero influence. I don’t disagree with your post. My point is that there is a reason to believe a Republican party can be coerced/influenced to legislate reponsibly. With the Democratic party there is not. Quite the opposite. Look forward to the rest of your series.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      As things are now, I think your assessment is accurate.

      But we can’t build a pro-life culture with half the people. We’ve got to stay engaged with both parties. By “we” I don’t necessarily mean you. It sounds as if you, personally, are already engaged with the Republican Party. Go to it, my friend, and Godspeed.

  • Mark

    Representative Hamilton,
    You wrote an excellent piece that I’m certainly glad I read today. You may also wish to view Michael Voris’ entry from yesterday (8/29/12) on ChurchMilitant.TV titled “Don’t Trust Princes”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0u-GHVmIUg&feature=g-all-u

    It expands on your points and raises a few of his own.

    In Christ,
    Mark

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank Mark. I’ll look at it later today.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Mark, I finally got time to look at this youtube link you gave and I think it’s great! I agree with just about everything he said with the exception of the quote from the Holy Father when he was still a Cardinal. I don’t disagree with that, I just want to see it in its full context and think about it.
      Thanks for putting this here. It’s a real contribution to the discussion.

      • Mark

        God bless you, Mrs. Hamilton. As witnessed by your many comments in this thread, you are blessed with God’s gifts of patience, humility and charity.

        I’ve read that particular quote of then Cardinal Ratzinger multiple times, typically in the context of Holy Mother Church acting more a the Mystical Body of Christ and less worldly.

        The impact of Christ’s bride being affected by the world was addressed by Cardinal Dolan in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on March 31, 2012:
        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577311800821270184.html

        A key take-away is that after Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae,” reasserting the church’s teachings on sex, marriage and reproduction, including its opposition to artificial contraception:
        “brought such a tsunami of dissent, departure, disapproval of the church, that I think most of us—and I’m using the first-person plural intentionally, including myself—kind of subconsciously said, ‘Whoa. We’d better never talk about that, because it’s just too hot to handle.’ We forfeited the chance to be a coherent moral voice when it comes to one of the more burning issues of the day.”

        Matthew 22:21

        In Christ,
        Mark

  • Captain America

    Rebecca is one of the few female columnists/writers that I always find worthwhile to read. Great stuff here; should be widely reprinted.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Captain!

  • Brian English

    “However, if you think the Republican Party is perfect as it is, and are offended by any suggestions that it might need some input from its members, that’s your call.”
    Where did I say that? You didn’t just say the Republican party is imperfect; you said they are lying about their desire to protect unborn children so that they can trick people into voting for them. All I am asking for is some evidence to support that accusation of evil behavior.

    “I want dialogue on this blog, not heated accusatory slamming back and forth.”
    I am not the one accusing people of lying about their intentions to protect the unborn for political gain.

    “But do it gently and kindly. Do not hector people.”
    I asked you about specific individuals and entities within, or allied with, the Republican Party to see if you regarded them as falling within your accusation. I don’t consider that hectoring.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Ok Brian, we’ll take a shot at this.
      1. I said both parties are consortiums of special interests who lie and manipulate to get votes in order to gain power which they use at the behest of the special interests. I’m paraphrasing myself, but that’s basically it. That’s what they are, it’s what they do. BOTH parties.
      2. I will give examples from what I’ve seen in detail later in the series. But for now: The Republican-dominated Oklahoma legislature killed over half the bills that Oklahomans for Life supported this last legislation session, including Oklahomans for Life’s number one priority bill. They did this at the behest of the Chamber of Commerce. I could go on and on and on, including pro life legislation that died at the ands of Republicans all over the country. The attitude behind this, including the same arguments the Chamber of Commerce used here in Oklahoma, are being more publically advanced elsewhere. I don’t want to go diving for the links, but if you will keep reading this series, you’ll see it all.
      3. They are lying. I’m not accusing anyone. I am flat-out saying it.
      4. So far as I know the people you mentioned do fine work. There is no comparing the GOP and the Dems on life issues and same-sex marriage. I am appalled by the actions of my party and do not in any way defend them. What you are mistaken about is that by saying that, I also think that the GOP is anything more than a pragmatic political party.
      But we will never change this culture with half the people. We will also never change this culture by vesting our trust in a political party. They are, as I said, consortiums of special interests. The rank and file GOP who are pro life are sincere, good people. But I do not believe that the people who run that party at the top are the same way. If you disagree, that’s ok. I’m not bothered by that.

      The purpose of this series is to educate people. It’s bitter medicine for some people. I know that, and I honestly don’t enjoy doing it. It’s important not to over-identify with a political party. People on both sides of the culture wars are making false gods out of their political party. I want Christians to put Christ first and stand up for Him everywhere they go, everything they do, INCLUDING with their political parties.

      I mean it about not hectoring people. You are obviously very intelligent and passionate about your beliefs. I admire that and I hope you stay engaged with this discussion. But please be kind to people when you talk to them here on this board. Don’t use your intelligence and your obvious verbal abilities to wound other people and run over them. Treat them like your brothers and sisters in Christ. I want discussions here. Let’s just … talk … to one another.

  • Nestor F. Rivera

    Bravo, well said and articulated Madam. This article is worthy of studying in higher learning institutions, just like MLK’s letter to the Birgmingham clergymen. Finally someone with enought intelligence and clarity of reason have come forward from within the ranks to let the world know about the true nature of ‘The Beast”. Just like Niccolo Machiavelli wrote on his masterpiece The Prince, that morality nor ethics have any use in the realm of politics (paraphrasing). What a breath of fresh air!!!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Nestor.

  • Melanie

    “Of evidence that Republicans who claim to be pro-life are just lying for political advantage? I would like to see your evidence.”

    Here’s an easy one: Romney. If you care, look up his name and “pro-choice”, “Stericycle”, “manufacturer morning after pill fundraiser”, “Massachusetts artificial birth control mandate”. There are more, but those are just off the top of my head. The information is out there for those who care to know.

    • Brian English

      But everyone knows about Romney’s pro-life credentials being of recent vintage. If once he becomes president he appoints pro-Roe judges and seeks to enforce the HHS mandate, then you will have proof of betrayal. That will also mean Romney will be a one-term president, because there are several Republicans who would then challenge him in the 2016 primaries. I cannot fault you for suspicion regarding Romney, but his vice-president and the Republicans in Congress will keep him in line on these issues.

      • Melanie

        Brian, the thing is, Romney has made it pretty clear he’s not going to do one darn thing to advance the pro-life cause. Why is everyone overlooking this and pretending that he’s pro-life? Have we lost our minds? His sister recently said he’s not going to do anything to ban abortion. He considers himself “personally” pro-life but has never made one commitment to do anything publicly to restrain abortion while in office. So it’s not a matter of let’s wait and see with his first term. I don’t need to wait. As his sister said, “It’s not his focus. He’s not going to be touching any of that.” He’s gonna give some light lip service, play around the edges a bit and nothing substantial will happen. Again.

        Also, what do you made of Bush signing Plan B into law? That’s not a betrayal? No one in the pro-life community talks about it. We’re so scared to hold anyone accountable that we easily put our support behind a candidate who merely whispers the words “pro-life.”

  • mdepie

    This blog post makes no sense. If what Ms Hamilton means is that a Catholic trying to enact policies consistent with a Catholic political philosophy will not find a “perfect match” in either party, well ok fair enough. If she means one party is not substantially better than another, then her post is incoherent. On the one hand the Democrats basically support the following:
    1) Abortion on demand, funded with tax dollars. Last I heard abortion was an “unspeakable crime” as described by Vatican II, and in fact murder as decribed by John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae. It is not clear to me how this does no disqualify them from ever getting a Catholic vote, as support for “unspeakable crime, and murder” seems to me to put you in a category with those who support gross evil, like racists and such. I could no more see voting for a Democrat than a white supremacist.. The support of the Democrats for abortion is so extreme as the author Ramesh Ponnoru as written a book calling them the ‘Party of Death”. Indeed it is literally impossible to cite the existence of a single nationally prominent pro-life Democrat. ( I do not mean someone locally known, I mean a nationally know pro-life Democrat, such a creature does not exist. The Republicans on the other hand are at least to some degree more responsive to the pro-life case. There are many people in the party who have been leaders in the pro-life movement like Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and the late Henry Hyde. It is impossible to run for national office as a Republican and be an unadulterated pro- abortion pol ( Rudy Guiliani proved that.) So in general things are better for the pro-life cause if the Republicans are in power. they are not perfect since not all Republicans are pro-life but many are 100% so. I would keep in mind as well that what the pro-life politicans can do is constrained by Roe v Wade. Reversal of Roe would dramatically change the situation. The nation is not pro-life enough that abortion would be eliminated but it would be curtailed enough that it would be placed on a path to elimination. Someone posted that Congress could get rid of Roe. This is not entirely correct. Congress could legislatively remove the supreme courts jurisdiction over Roe but this would require the President not veto such legislation and that there were 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. There have not been pro-life majorities of this magnitude since well before Roe. In fact the maximum number of Republican Senators since Roe has been 55. Moreover currently there is not a single pro-life Democrat Senator. If one looks at the National Right to Life Score card for votes taken in the 112th congress the average Senate Republican voted with the NRLC 93% of the time, the worst being 66% of the time and 43/47 Republican Senators voted pro-life 100% of time. In contrast of the 53 Democrat Senators ( 51 D and 2 Independendents who caucus with them) 51 voted with pro-life 0% ( that is right never!) No Senator even Democrats who claim to be “pro-life” voted with the NRL more than 20% of the time. So the worst pro-choice Republican was 3x more likely to vote on the pro-life side than the most pro-life Democrat.

    If you are a Catholic not comfortable with the unspeakable crime of abortion not clear to me how you vote Democrat

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I agree with your basic contentions concerning Republicans vs Democrats on the issue of abortion. Thank you for your comment.

  • Melanie

    This is an essay written during the run-up to the 2008 election and it seems relevant to this discussion. Whether you agree or not, it’s definitely food-for-thought.

    The author is a Catholic psychologist.

    Christians and the Pro-Life Ploy
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/dilsaver1.html

  • Sean

    Thank you Rebecca. Regarding politics, lies and liars, lust for power, false promises, idolatry and the danger of getting swept up in “pseudo messianism” in a candidate or party , this section of the Catechism which speaks of the Antichrist with a capital A is worth studying. The deal (conscious or not) made with the Antichrist seems to be give me human sacrifices (abortion) and I will give you power:

    The Church’s ultimate trial

    675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.

    676 The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.

    677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Sean. The parallels are strong, aren’t they?

  • John R

    Ma’am:
    I came to find your blog from a friend of mine who follows your blog. I must applaud you on the brilliance of this post. You are spot on. Partisan hackery has replaced deep political thought and engagement, and bit sized bumper sticker silliness has replaced serious discourse. Worst of all, this state of affairs has degenerated to the point that we have stopped using God as our compass and started using R(epublican) and D(emocrat) instead. As you so astutely point out, this is a compass that constantly spins and has no True North.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      You say it better than I did! Thank you.

  • http://steverobertz.net Steve

    “Don’t bend your knee to the R and the D. Register for whichever party, or as an independent, as you please. Vote according to your own understanding and conscience. I have no desire to influence you in that. But do not confuse your party’s trumpeting claims of moral superiority with actual moral superiority. Do not, ever, take the cross down off your mantelpiece and put the Republican elephant or the Democratic donkey in its place.”

    Great thoughts Rebecca (and thanks also for liking a few of my blog posts!)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Steve!

  • http://sspjut.com Shawn Spjut

    Rebecca
    Let me begin by saying: Thank You Jesus. OMG How refreshing to hear another Christian declare that God is neither D or R and that if we truly want things changed, then we need to stop lining up with their rhetoric and begin demanding change. I have become grieved over the hate campaigns and destracting adds meant to do exactly what you’ve said; keep voters from concentrating on the real issues like – Why are you qualified to hold this office? – Instead of telling me how bad the other guy is, why don’t you convince me how good you are – what is it that qualifies you? By the time elections come around, I still have no idea if any of the canidates are qualified. I’ve often said that it should be against the law for canidates to say anything other than what qualifies them for the job…period. No hate words, no finger pointing… just good old Joe Friday..Just the facts mam.
    Also thanks for the shout out on my article on Why Grace. http://wp.me/2hxSB
    I intend to keep following:)

  • http://www.fhdkghsjdfhg.com/ ghdflghkdfs

    Can I just say what a relief to discover someone who really understands what they are talking about over the internet. You definitely realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people really need to look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you’re not more popular given that you certainly possess the gift.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you. I feel that what I write will go where God intends. It will be read by who He wants to read it, and hopefully can serve His purpose.


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